Historic Pullman Car badly damaged during break in
Staff of the Wealden Pullman dining train at the K&ESR were saddened to discover that Pullman Car 'Theodora' had been damaged during a break in.
The damage was discovered by volunteers preparing for the fully booked Sunday Lunch on Sunday 1st July. Damage was so severe that the carriage had to be immediately withdrawn from service for repairs, resulting in another carriage having to be substituted.
The carriage was built in 1926 and came to the K&ESR in 1963 but it was in poor condition until a £150,000 2 year restoration, undertaken largely by volunteers and assisted by a National Lottery grant, enabled it to enter service in 2005. It has since become a firm favourite with visitors and is always fully booked.
The vandals struck on Saturday night - CCTV has yielded images and Kent Police were able to obtain forensic information, but anyone with information is urged to call Police on 01843 222289, quoting reference ZY/037299/18.
Temporary repairs have been made to enable the carriage to return to use, but the full cost of repairs is expected to top £5,000. The railway, a registered educational charilty, has appealed for help - donations may be made online below